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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
April 17, 1996 V4, #69
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Congress Remembers the Holocaust
By Paula Wolfson (VOA-Congress)
These are Days of Remembrance in the United States -- a time set
aside to remember the Nazi Holocaust and its lessons for mankind.
At the US capitol, lawmakers and jurists joined survivors of the
death camps in a tribute to those who died and those who sought
justice in the aftermath of World War 2. There was silence in the
Great Hall of the US Capitol. And then the quiet in the rotunda was
pierced by the painful tones of a mourner's chant.
"Remember those who have died," went the prayer. Yes, nodded
Benjamin Meed, a holocaust survivor. "For many years at hundreds of
commemorations around the world, we have pleaded "zachor" --
remember. Remember the children. Remember Teresienstadt.
Remember the fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto. Remember the poets of
Vilna. Remember all our lost loved ones."
But this was also a moment for remembering the killers. This
particular Holocaust memorial ceremony focused on the international
tribunals established to bring the perpetrators of the Holocaust to
justice. They were called the Nuremberg Trial, and they left an
incredible impression Christopher Dodd on one small boy who grew
up to become a US senator.
Thomas Dodd returned home with stories of places called Auschwitz
and Dachau, and he taught the lessons of Nuremberg to his children.
"I knew far more about the events of the Holocaust than most people
of my generation, because my father wanted his children to learn
and to never forget."
The Democratic senator from Connecticut recalled the victims of
the Holocaust -- those whose fate was sealed by a split-second
decision at a death camp gate. He said at Nuremberg, the Allies
recognized the true antidote to the savagery of the Nazis was
IDF Bombs Palestinian Refugee Camp
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli aircraft struck a Palestinian refugee camp Tuesday in
southern Lebanon, and continued attacks on southern Lebanese
villages and parts of Beirut, leaving several people dead or
wounded. The Israeli air strikes are aimed at ending rocket
attacks on Israel by Hizbullah terrorists.
At the refugee camp south of Beirut, Israeli helicopter gunships
fired missiles into the home of a Palestinian faction leader allied
with Hizbullah, injuring several people including his young son.
But the targeted man was reported not to have been at home.
Israeli aircraft also attacked an alleged Hizbullah headquarters
in a Beirut suburb, where several local residents were killed and
wounded. There were also more raids on southern Lebanon villages
where the Hizbullah terrorists operate.
Also Tuesday, Hizbullah launched more volleys of Katyusha rockets
into northern Israel. There were some minor injuries and damage.
Israel said it will respond to every such attack with more strikes
Foreign Ministry Director General Uri Savir, says Israel's goal is
a long-term understanding which will end the attacks on its
northern towns -- an accord stronger than one reached three-years
ago which Israel says Hizbullah violated, resulting in the Israeli
Savir says Israel also wants Lebanon and Syria to understand they
cannot negotiate peace with Israel while allowing Hizbullah to
attack. He says such a policy will not pressure Israel into making
concessions, as the Arab states might hope, but instead could end
the peace process.
What Does Israel Want?
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel has outlined the type of settlement it wants to end its
military offensive in southern Lebanon. Comments made to US
journalists Tuesday by the director general of Israel's Foreign
Ministry, Uri Savir, indicated what he calls the beginning of the
diplomatic effort to end the fighting.
Savir says the arrangement which brought relative calm to the
Israel-Lebanon border for the last three years was too vague, and
allowed for differences of interpretation and attacks on northern
Israel which led to the current Israeli operation. He says Israel
wants to change that through a new, stronger, long term accord.
Savir says Israel wants an end to rocket attacks on its northern
communities and a clear recognition by Lebanon and Syria they
cannot pursue peace with Israel and also allow Hizbullah to attack
Savir says if that is understood and agreed, the Israeli offensive
can end and the peace process can resume.
French, Jordanian and Egyptian officials have been working to end
the fighting, but Savir says the best chance for success lies with
an ongoing behind-the-scenes effort by the United States, which
mediated the previous agreement.
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